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Last Updated Saturday June 24 2017 12:29 PM IST

Kerala plans to manufacture cancer drugs, insulin in public sector

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Alappuzha: The Kerala government plans to manufacture lifesaving cancer drugs and insulin in the public sector. The Kerala Drugs and Pharmaceutical Limited (KSDP) has been asked to submit a report on setting up plants to manufacture the drugs.

The company expects to start both plants in the near future, chairman C B Chandrababu told Manorama. The company requires special permission before they roll out the ambitious project. The plants should be able to keep abreast with fast-changing technology in drug-making and to ensure adequate safety standards.

The plan is expected to benefit hundreds of thousands of cancer and diabetes patients across the state. The government could distribute the cheaper drugs it produces through the vast network of government hospitals.

The KSDP is also exploring the possibility of marketing branded drugs in addition to generics. The company has already approached the central government for permission to use a brand name on the drugs it produces.

The Kerala government-owned company is already supplying generic drugs to Andhra Pradesh. Other states such as Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh have also evinced interest in KSDP’s drugs.

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